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lehrer of pbs. >> we still have trillion dollar deficits. the cbo says we'll have a trillion dollar deficit each of the next four years. >> reporter: these two men, they are virtually strangers to each other personally. they've only met in person three times before tonight. most recently, in passing, on a debate stage in new hampshire way back in 2008, when republicans followed democrats in debate three days before the primaries. and there was this brief encounter on the campaign trail in 2007. >> good luck to you today. >> reporter: and while they have both reached the pinnacle of party politics, they are so different. their talents and their paths to power and their debate styles. so much at stake on that stage tonight. this showdown comes at what might be the critical moment in this campaign. a hinge of political history. polls show the race tightening, just 34 days left in this campaign. and you can already sense in the crowds the special energy of the home stretch. but tonight, surprisingly, and in contrast to the daily scrap on the trail, no zingers, no roundhouse punches. har
, such as this moment. >> i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. but i'm not going to spend money on things -- >> reporter: a wide opening, but the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a comeback. >> thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest that one of the problems, maybe one common to incumbents, the president has lived in a bubble for four years, surrounded by adulation, rarely challenged. the campaign said they were going to conduct a reassessment before the next debate. diane? >> all right, thank you, jake. and what about governor romney and his day? abc's david muir traveling with the governor in virginia. david? >> reporter: diane, great to see you from virginia. mitt romney expected to appear here just moments ago, and beside him, paul ryan celebrating romney's debate last night. tonight, new questions about whether or not romney is trying to modify his message a bit with that much larger audience. starting onto a different denver stage today, mitt romney, his sons leading the applaus
on the bird and pbs. >> hello. nice to see you. >> happy friday. >> it is a friday all right. >> big changes are coming. this could come with some rain for the weekend. bob ryan has what we can expect. >> here in the weather center, what a wonderful day. i would like to talk about today. we would like to have it for saturday and sunday. above 80.ature is right now is 81 degrees. no sign of the big chill to come. look at the temperature right detroit. chicago was 49 degrees. that cold air, there is the cold front through ohio. the big effect will be on sunday. to the redskins game, but no luck. beautiful temperatures come into the 70's. in a fewin you minutes. for sunday. >> thank you for the warning. breaking news for montgomery county. where a taught there has after aen to hospital near drowning. the 1-year-old fell into an pond.ntal crusade the child was breathing when taken to hospital. -- crews say the child was when taken to the hospital. isthe football team's kicker missing. since not been seen monday morning. it sparked a massive search effort. she has the latest on that search. jenni
moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderated 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues. and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments, with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on questions, via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections and, for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments, as i announced, in ad
. and congratulations to pbs, cbs, cnn and nbc. and stephen, thank you. >> thank you very much. much respect to everybody here. this is way harder than i thought. >> it's great to have you this morning. have a great day, everyone. >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. @ 8:56.morning we have breaking news from about a borderty agent who has been killed. another edition was wounded and happened in arizona and we details cannot and known. will hold a march for the anniversary of its formation. protesters caused traffic delays k street took over yesterday morning. the giant panda appear to be progress get to the death of kurt cup last month. officials at the national zoo is -- say she went outside saturday and monday morning. let's check though traffic. >> things are not getting better. we are following an accident on the inner loop just past the dulles toll road. we have delays in the inner loop the beltway in virginia at the spring. interchange all the way to just before the georgetown pike. this is a live view of the american legion bridge. are maryland delays trying to the acciden
from them? no. >> reporter: the debate was moderated in a zen, low-key style we pbs's jim lehrer. when he included funding to be cut, he included lehrer's orrin programming. >> i like big bird. i like you, too. but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for it. >> reporter: it was a debate full of numbers and domestic policy details. >> if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i would support, absolutely not. i'm not looking for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. >> reporter: george, up until last night, the obama campaign had succeeded in turning this from a referendum on president obama to a choice. and they were painting mitt romney as an unacceptable alternative. but that dynamic seemed to change last night. it seemed to be very much a referendum on president obama. and mitt romney presented himself as a credible alternati alternative. george? >> that's what mitt romney wanted. >>> let's get the view from the romney camp right now. david muir covers the r
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